The clock is ticking on TV-13’s attempt to stay on basic cable, but the couple who are trying to resurrect the city’s hyper-local television channel remain hopeful.
As it stands, WYCN TV-13 will be removed from Comcast’s lineup in early September, despite a previous agreement that would have kept it in the lineup through 2015. Comcast says that agreement was rendered moot by a lack of local programming during interim ownership by Binnie Media, plus technical issues caused by the station’s lack of a digital transmitter.
Station managers Carolyn Choate and Gordon Jackson say their return to WYCN in May means the local programming they have produced since 1988 will soon be back, and that a digital transmitter will be online by October. They hope these improvements, bolstered by verbal support from many of the state’s elected officials and a growing chorus of backers in an online petition at Change.org, will convince Comcast to keep them.
“You can have a million channels, but if one of them doesn’t cover the people, places, events of your own neck of the woods, it’s for naught,” Choate said.
Comcast spokesman Marc Goodman confirmed Friday that the company’s position hasn’t changed, saying the agreement to carry WYCN through 2015 was never binding.
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